Little known fact: my friend, Michelle, and I once wrote a pitch for an anecdotal book about dating in the digital age and had a meeting with a publishing agent, during which I went on a tangent about how much I hated the frosted tips on the guy who wrote 'He's Just Not That Into You' and wanted to meet Oprah. No big deal/whatever. Recently, Michelle and I have been kicking ourselves for not really pursuing the writing of the rest of the book (we only got a few chapters in before we got distracted...). It seems like suddenly it's become really relevant again. [vimeo 69904652 w=400 h=300]
So where this story is actually working against what we wanted to talk about (online dating, using the world wide webs to find a potential mate, using social medias to foster a romantic relationship), it does actually employ digital mediums in a modern age to follow the relationship of two friends who have kinda given up. Well, that's not entirely true. Realizing that they both have some issues to get through when it comes to dating and fostering/maintaining a proper relationship, they decided to date each other...for 40 days...and they made it a rule to see each other every day.
We voyeurs get to follow the relationship on a beautiful website that runs like a bit of a diary. We are currently on day 23 of the experiment and it is DRAMA. But kind of amazing drama. Every day, the two have to answer the same questions, which you read side by side, about how they feel about each other, what they learned about themselves that day and really just diving into the paranoias and hang-ups of the subjects. It's FASCINATING. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/67586897 w=400&h=300]
Every day, my friend in London, Dan, and I are catching up with each other and discussing the relationship as we see it unfold. I promise it will be worth it to follow...and I can't wait to see how this works out. I thought I wanted it to be a happy ever after...until a few days ago...when I started getting annoyed at one of the subjects and felt they really needed to stop misplacing blame about why this might not work at all. So yeah, check it out here: 40 Days of Dating.
(All images/video c/o 40 Days Of Dating)